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                                 SENATE BILL 5160



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senator Matson.


Read first time January 22, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.Funding the Clear Creek dam rebuilding project.

     AN ACT Relating to rebuilding the Clear Creek dam; creating new sections; and making an appropriation.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      It is the declared policy of the state to preserve, conserve, and enhance recreational resources.  The rebuilding of Clear Creek dam will restore Clear Lake to the level that existed prior to breaching in March and April of 1990.  A restored Clear Lake is of major recreational importance to the citizens of this state, residents of local committees, and visitors from throughout the country and abroad.

     The bureau of reclamation within the United States department of the interior has projected that the cost of rebuilding the dam will be five million dollars.  Local entities and the federal government have pledged funding in the following amounts:  United States forest service, two million five hundred thousand dollars; local irrigation districts, five hundred thousand dollars; other local efforts, two hundred fifty thousand dollars.  The legislature finds that the state should now step in to do its part.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      For the purposes of this act, the following definitions apply:

     (1) "Committee" means the interagency committee for outdoor recreation.

     (2) "Project" means the rebuilding of the Clear Creek dam by and according to the plans of the United States bureau of reclamation.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      The sum of one million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the biennium ending June 30, 1993, from the general fund to the committee for the purpose of rebuilding the Clear Creek dam by and according to the plans of the United States bureau of reclamation.  The committee shall hold these funds in trust until such time as the following events occur, but in no case later than November 30, 1992:

     (1) The committee reasonably concludes that sufficient funds to complete the project have been committed;

     (2) The committee gives its consent to the final approved plans for the project, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld; and

     (3) The committee reasonably concludes that the project will go forth, and will be completed.

     If, before or on November 30, 1992, the foregoing conditions have been met, then the committee shall release the funds held in trust to an authorized agent of the bureau of reclamation.  If, on November 30, 1992, such conditions have not been met, then the committee shall transfer the funds held in trust to the state treasurer for deposit into the general fund.